Thursday, August 15, 2019

Time to get away

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Heading out of town for a much needed break.

Be back soon.

Ish.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Last Christmas

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The first full trailer for Last Christmas was released today...



I do enjoy Christmas movies, Emilia Clarke, Michelle Yeoh, and Emma Thompson. So, it's got that going for it.

Hopefully the reviews will be decent and people will go see it when it opens on November 8th.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Age of Resistance

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The final trailer for Netflix's The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance was released today...



It certainly looks beautifully shot and produced, so I might just give it a whirl when it becomes available on August 30th.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Back in town

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Filming has begun on the second season of Amazon's The Boys.

If you haven't watched it, you should.

Like, right now.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Carnival Row

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The first full trailer for the upcoming Amazon series Carnival Row was released today...



This actually looks, visually, pretty amazing. Plus, it's got Legolas in love with a Fairy.

I'm glad I finally broke down and got Amazon Prime.

More stuff to watch.

Carnival Row becomes available on August 30th.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Thursday, August 1, 2019

A different time

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The original Spiderman movie (2002) had a teaser trailer that featured the Twin Towers, but it was quickly removed once 9/11 happened a couple months later. That trailer was recently restored and released for the first time in 17 years...



It's still difficult to think about that time, but it's kind of cool to see this after all of these years and remember a simpler time when the world was still waiting to see the first Spiderman movie.

It seems like we've had about 100 of them since.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

All good things

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The final episode of Agents of Shield has been shot and the cast was released today. I've watched all seven seasons and, although there were a few weak storylines, I've really enjoyed this show and will miss it after the final season airs next year.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Make it Chateau!

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It seems you can now pair the upcoming Star Trek: Picard with his signature wine...

Château Picard in Saint-Estèphe, France had actually been making wine in Bordeaux long before those fictional Picards showed up in La Barre. But now it’s teamed up with CBS and Wines That Rock to bring you an official version of the wine that made the name of the Enterprise captain’s family, ever since the vineyard was first glimpsed in The Next Generation’s fourth season. 

Being made to tie in, of course, with the upcoming Star Trek: Picard—which sees Jean-Luc retire from Starfleet and attempt to follow in his brother’s footsteps, overseeing the family’s wine-making business—the 2016 wine is an 85 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 15 percent Merlot blend. Really, what you’re paying for here is the fact the bottle also replicates the label seen in the first Picard teaser, so it really is like owning your very own Picard-made wine, a few centuries earlier than you should. 

To boot, alongside the Picard wine, there will also be a 2017 vintage United Federation of Planets wine, a Zinfandel produced not by Château Picard, but Dry Creek & Russian River Valleys in Sonoma County, California.

It sure beats Earl Grey, hot.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Devil!

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Well, it looks like Will and Grace won't be coming back after this next season...

Will & Grace is coming to an end. After an 11-season, 246-episode run, the series will end with the upcoming season (the revival’s third and 11th overall) in 2020.

“We think of the Will & Grace’ reboot episodes the way Karen Walker thinks of martinis – 51 is not enough, 53 is too many,” added executive producers Max Mutchnick, David Kohan and James Burrows. “That is why, after consulting with the cast, we all have decided this will be the final season of ‘Will & Grace.’ 

“In 2016, Bob Greenblatt came to us with the idea of doing a 10-episode reboot of ‘Will & Grace.’ They say you can’t go home again, but we did. And now, three seasons and 52 episodes later, we’re even more proud of something we never thought we’d get a chance to do again. We have had a once-in-a-lifetime experience twice. And for that, we owe a double debt of gratitude to NBC, this show’s supportive and caring home since day one.” 

“The hardest part about making this decision is saying goodbye to our outstanding production team and crew who, over two decades, brought passion and artistry to every department. If we had just one more season, we would have learned their names. So, thank you Handlebar Mustache, Cheese Lady, and Cargo Shorts #1 – #12. We will always think of you as family." 

“And finally, our deepest gratitude goes to each and every ‘Will & Grace’ fan across the world. It was a privilege to make you laugh.”

I was really happy to see this show back and enjoyed watching it and the characters each week.

I'm bummed that it's ending.

Super.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Rutger Hauer

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Sad news today...

Rutger Hauer, a rugged Dutch actor who played Nazis, action heroes and bloodsucking vampires, but who was best known as the android outlaw in the science-fiction thriller “Blade Runner,” died July 19 at his home in Beetsterzwaag, a village in the Netherlands. He was 75.

He won a Golden Globe for best supporting actor for “Escape From Sobibor,” a 1987 TV movie about an uprising at a Nazi death camp — he played the Jewish hero, against type — and in 2005 was a morally corrupt Catholic cardinal in “Sin City” and a greedy Wayne Enterprises executive in “Batman Begins.” 

Mr. Hauer also starred in the 1985 medieval fantasy “Ladyhawke,” alongside Matthew Broderick and Michelle Pfeiffer; played a vampire king in the 1992 movie “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”; and ruled a supernatural tribe in the HBO series “True Blood.” 

But Mr. Hauer, who described himself as “a very nonviolent person,” soon returned to the menacing characters that made him famous. He starred as an SS officer in the TV movie “Fatherland” (1994), was a vampire in the TNT miniseries “Salem’s Lot” (2004, adapted from a Stephen King novel) and played a bloodthirsty businessman in “The Sisters Brothers” (2018), a Western starring John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix. 

“It’s so much fun to playfully roam into the dark side of the soul and tease people,” Mr. Hauer told the Associated Press in 1987. “If you try to work on human beings’ light side, that’s harder. What is good is hard. Most people try to be good all their lives. So you have to work harder to make those characters interesting.”

He was great in Blade Runner and many other movies and TV shows.

He will be missed.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The Boys

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The final trailer for Amazon's The Boys was released today...



This looks like it's going to be a lot of fun. I like that it's regular people getting back at super heroes who have a bit too much attitude and no regard for regular folks.

I might just need to get Amazon Prime one of these days.

The series premieres this Friday July 26th.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Picard trailer



The first trailer for Star Trek: Picard was released this weekend and, besides looking awesome, it also featured another familiar Star Trek character...

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Seven of Nine!!

She was one of my favorite characters on Star Trek: Voyager and I'm REALLY excited that she will be on this show as well.

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I may have to break my no-paying-for-CBS All Access stand I took when Star Trek: Discovery was put there.

We shall see how I feel when this comes out early next year.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Bad humans

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The first trailer for Netflix's The Witcher was released today...



I'm definitely going to watch this! It gets released later this year.

Can't wait!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Jellicle

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The first trailer for the movie Cats was released today...



It certainly looks like the stage play. People dancing around dressed like like cats and singing.

Maybe kids will enjoy it.

We'll find out when it opens on December 20th.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The King's Man

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The first trailer for The King's Man was just released...



It looks pretty good and very similar to the other two Kingsman movies (I enjoyed both of them).

Hopefully this prequel will be as fun as the others when it opens on February 14th.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Fancy Pants

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It appears that Supergirl is ditching the skirt for some pants in the upcoming season.

So, there's that.

I'd rather they ditched the Lex Luthor storyline.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Daddy Issues

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Uh, if Jason Momoa's body is considered a "Dad Bod", the rest of us should just wear Mumus and call it a day.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Engaged

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A new poster for the upcoming Picard series was released and, it appears, he now has a dog named "Number One" (likely after his old First Officer, Commander Riker).

It is a much better choice than calling the dog "Number Two".

The new series will air on CBS All Access sometime early next year.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

A little less Horror

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Sarah Paulson is stepping back a bit from the next American Horror Story series...

Variety has learned from sources that Paulson will not appear in a significant role in the FX anthology series’ upcoming ninth season, which is titled “American Horror Story: 1984.” Paulson has appeared in all eight of the preceding seasons of the hit series, usually in a major role. It is possible Paulson could appear in a cameo. 

Paulson is currently filming the upcoming FX series “Mrs. America,” about the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. She will continue working with Murphy on the upcoming Netflix series “Ratched,” which tells the origin story of the notorious Nurse Ratched from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” That series has received a two-season commitment.


I wasn't planning on watching the next season anyway, so that just helps seal the deal for me.

I enjoy her in anything she's in, so I'm glad that she's keeping busy with all of the other projects. I'm sure she'll be a great Nurse Ratched.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Well, well

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A new trailer for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil was released today...



It actually looks pretty good and it's also got Michelle Pfeiffer in it, which is a nice bonus.

I loved the first one and can't wait until this one when it comes out on October 18th.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Twice the Dannys

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The first trailer for Jumanji: The Next Level was just released...



I still haven't seen the first movie, but this one might be worth watching if, for nothing else, Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart "playing" Danny DeVito and Danny Glover.

Their impressions are pretty funny.

Plus, Nick Jonas is also back for this one.

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That also helps.

We'll find out how this one does once it opens on December 13th.

Monday, July 1, 2019

The Witching Hour

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The first poster and a couple of new photos of Henry Cavill as Geralt in the the upcoming The Witcher TV series on Netflix were released today.

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He looks very Legolas-y.

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They had me at Henry Cavill.

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The series is supposed to premiere sometime early next year on Netflix.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

All the Bosleys

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The first trailer for the upcoming Charlie's Angels movie was released today...



The trailer is okay, I suppose. It looks Charlie's Angels-ish.

It's written and directed by Elizabeth Banks, who I enjoy.

So, that's something.

Oh, and Patrick Stewart is in it too.

That's all I got.

We'll see if the next trailer is any better before it opens on November 15th.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Prom Queens

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Ryan Murphy and Netflix are taking Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman to the Prom...

Not yet a year into his expensive five-year deal with Netflix, Ryan Murphy is about to deliver his biggest get for the streamer. Deadline hears he will direct and produce the feature adaptation of the Tony-nominated stage musical The Prom and has secured a cast that puts Netflix in new star-power territory. 

Meryl Streep will star alongside James Corden, Nicole Kidman and Ariana Grande, with Awkwafina, Keegan-Michael Key and Andrew Rannells playing key roles. Sources said Murphy will get underway directing the film adaptation of the Broadway hit in December, for a fall 2020 awards season release in theaters before it airs on the streamer. 

In Prom, Streep will play Dee Dee Allen, a two-time Tony winner who teams with Corden’s Barry Glickman in a flop musical about Eleanor Roosevelt. After career-ending reviews, they decide — along with Broadway babies Kidman as Angie Dickinson and Rannells (Book of Mormon) as Trent Oliver — to champion a cause to rehabilitate their careers. They find one in Emma, a high school senior in Indiana who isn’t allowed to take her girlfriend to the prom. 

A nationwide search led by casting director Alexa Fogel is on to fill the role of Emma. Grande will star as Alyssa, a popular daughter of the head of the PTA. Awkwafina will play the group’s publicist Ms. Sheldon, and Key will play Streep’s love interest and Emma’s ally, Principal Hawkins.

I haven't seen the show, so I am really looking forward to seeing this once it's ready to go next year.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Code Red

A new trailer for the upcoming third season of Stranger Things was just released...



It's looking really good. We'll see how it all turns out when it becomes available on Netflix on July 4th.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Abbey Normal

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New character posters were just released for the upcoming Downton Abbey movie...

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They are stunning portraits and I can't wait until this opens on September 20th!!

Monday, June 17, 2019

Gloria Vanderbilt

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Very sad news today...

Gloria Vanderbilt died Monday morning, according to her son, CNN's Anderson Cooper. The fashion designer, artist and socialite was 95. 

She died in her Manhattan home with friends and family at her side. "Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman, who loved life, and lived it on her own terms," Cooper said in a statement. "She was a painter, a writer and designer but also a remarkable mother, wife, and friend. "She was 95 years old, but ask anyone close to her, and they'd tell you: She was the youngest person they knew -- the coolest and most modern."

Born in New York in 1924, Gloria Laura Morgan Vanderbilt grew up in France. Her father, financier Reginald Vanderbilt, the heir to a railroad fortune, died when she was a baby. Gloria was the focus of media attention at an early age, dubbed "the poor little rich girl" amid an intense custody battle between her mother and her father's wealthy sister, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. Though her aunt prevailed in court proceedings, young Gloria didn't know her well. She considered her nanny, Dodo, her mother figure. 

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When she was 17, she married Hollywood agent Pat DiCicco in 1941, against her Aunt Gertrude's wishes. She'd later concede she knew it was a mistake at the time. At 21, she took control of a $4.3 million trust fund her father had left her. She divorced DiCicco two months later and promptly remarried -- this time, to conductor Leopold Stokowski, who was 63 at the time. 

In 1954, she made her stage debut in a production of the romantic drama, "The Swan," at the Pocono Playhouse in Mountainhome, Pennsylvania. She published a book of poetry the following year, the same year she divorced Stokowski. She found love again in Hollywood with director and producer Sidney Lumet, who would earn multiple Academy Award nominations for films, including "12 Angry Men," "Dog Day Afternoon" and "Network." The two married in 1956. Following their divorce in August 1963, Vanderbilt married for a final time on Christmas Eve of that year. With writer Wyatt Cooper, she had two more sons: Carter Cooper in 1965 and Anderson Cooper in 1967.

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Tapping her artwork as a muse, she produced fashion and textile designs that would earn her the 1969 Neiman Marcus Fashion Award, before opening the door to a line of ready-to-wear garments in the mid-1970s. Under her GV Ltd. brand, she'd go on to sell millions of pairs of jeans bearing her signature and trademark swan logo -- a nod to her first production as a thespian. 

Tragedy struck the family in 1978 when Wyatt Cooper died on the operating table during open-heart surgery. The family took another blow a decade later when Carter Cooper, 23, jumped from the 14th-floor terrace of his parents' penthouse in the Yorkville neighborhood of Manhattan. Carter had suffered with depression. The following years were rough ones for Vanderbilt. On top of coping with the loss of a son, her lawyer and psychiatrist bilked her out of millions. She successfully sued them, but still had to sell her mansion in the Hamptons and five-story Manhattan penthouse to pay off her debts. 

Jones Apparel Group bought Gloria Vanderbilt Apparel Corp. in 2002 for $138 million, and Vanderbilt delved wholesale back into her love for art and writing.

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In his mother's obituary, Cooper lovingly described his mom as "the strongest person I've ever met, but she wasn't tough. She never developed a thick skin to protect herself from hurt. She wanted to feel it all. She wanted to feel life's pleasures, its pains as well. "She trusted too freely, too completely and suffered tremendous losses, but she always pressed on, always worked hard, always believed the best was yet to come."

She lived a complex and extraordinary life for sure. I think it's what most of us hope for as we journey through our days on this planet.

She will be missed.